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Chelsea just need better luck in Barcelona, says Azpilicueta

22 February 2018, 12:57 | Rose Hansen

GETTY Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been struggling on the pitch

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been struggling on the pitch

The Argentinian superstar had not scored in his previous eight meetings against Chelsea, but he put that anomaly right with 15 minutes left to secure a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. It's great that he can play this game with this maturity.

"We [need to] try to do something incredible at the Nou Camp".

The Danish worldwide tried to play a pass across his own box only for Andres Iniesta to nip in, steal the ball and escape a tackle from Cesar Azpilicueta before then squaring to Lionel Messi, who found the bottom corner with a first time effort. [To play] 90 minutes there, defending, can be a very long 90 minutes-it's basically a suicide mission. "We had a lack of quality in the final third".

It was a big night for the Barcelona superstar and his fans, as he finally broke through and scored against the London club during the Champions League. "In the end it came from an error from them and we took advantage", said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

"I was a bit unlucky (hitting the post twice)".

Their game plan before that moment had been working, with Barcelona dominating posession but achieving little with it. Messi cut a frustrating figure as he was routinely hounded off the ball by blue shirts.

FC Barcelona went in with an expected and predictable starting eleven but Chelsea chose to shift back to the 3-4-3 formation with Eden Hazard playing up top as a false nine.

Brazil global Willian, who hit the post on two occasions in the first half, gave the home side a lead in the second half.

For Chelsea, the challenge is simple: all they have to do is produce their best performance in years in the Nou Camp on 14 March to beat Barcelona.

"We were very close to the flawless game", he said.

"Against this opponent, this type of player like Messi, (Luis) Suarez, Iniesta, if you make a mistake you pay", said Conte.

"It is a pity".

"It won't be easy, we must be realistic, we are talking about Barcelona".

Willian fully justified his starting berth after being used chiefly as a substitute this season and could have been celebrating a stunning hat-trick.

"I think we were close to playing the ideal performance", said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

I think we played a really good game.

The second-half started in similar fashion but soon Chelsea began to see more of the ball, and a short corner routine picked out Willian on the edge of the box.

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